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Frequently Asked Tax Questions

Small Business, Self-Employed, Other Business - Starting or Ending a Business

  1. I am starting a small business. What assistance can IRS give me?
  2. How do I find out about whether or not my business needs to collect sales tax?
  3. I just started a small business and want to know if I have to file my income taxes quarterly or at the end of the year?
  4. What is the due date for business returns?

Rev. date: 08/04/2012

I am starting a small business. What assistance can IRS give me?

When you’re running a business, you don’t need to be a tax expert too. But you do need some tax basics. IRS Small Business Advantage gives you the information you need to stay tax compliant so your business can thrive. Put our knowledge to work for you.
Note: See also Closing a Business.

Rev. date: 08/04/2012

How do I find out about whether or not my business needs to collect sales tax?

Your question is a state tax question. Your state revenue department should provide information regarding sales tax to you. To access the state you need to direct your question to, please go to our State Links.

Rev. date: 08/04/2012

I just started a small business and want to know if I have to file my income taxes quarterly or at the end of the year?

The Federal Income Tax return is filed annually.
If your business is a sole proprietorship or an unincorporated LLC with you as the sole owner, when you file your income tax return at the end of the year:
Estimated tax payments are paid quarterly.
As a self-employed individual, if after deducting any withholding and credits you expect to owe more than the amount allowed by law at the end of the year:

Rev. date: 08/04/2012

What is the due date for business returns?

Some forms and entities have due dates other than the April 15th due date. The instructions for the each type of form used will have the appropriate due date(s) noted: